Aircraft: Stinson 108. Injuries: 3 Fatal. Location: Dicken, Texas. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: At the time of the accident, the pilot had over 600 hours total time with over 200 hours in make and model. He did not have an instrument rating but had logged 3.8 hours of simulated instrument flight time.
It was not determined whether he obtained a weather briefing prior to launching for the night flight. The conditions on the night of the accident were instrument conditions with overcast skies at 500 feet. There were no eyewitnesses who saw the takeoff or accident.
The wreckage was located in a pasture area of rolling hills by a local resident, approximately 1.25 miles southeast of the departure airfield.
Probable cause: The non-instrument rated pilot’s decision to fly in night instrument meteorological conditions.
NTSB Identification: CEN11FA247
This March 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.